Anwar Khan defends Ph.D thesis

Campus Reporter

PESHAWAR: Anwar Khan Orakzai, a young research scholar from Orakzai district has successfully defended his thesis from the Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar (UoP) and declared eligible for the award of Ph.D degree.

His thesis defence function was organized at the newly-built Conference Library Hall in Pashto Academy, UoP here on Friday. Apart from Prof Nasrullah Jan Wazir, Director, Pashto Academy, UoP, Prof Dr Danish Bettani, Prof Dr Roohullah, Chairman, Pashto Department, UoP, Prof Dr Yar Mohammad Maghmoom Khattak, Prof Dr Hanif Khalil and Prof Dr Mohib Wazir of Bacha Khan Study Centre, a number of poets, writers, intellectuals and research scholars were present on the occasion.

The scholar presented a brief summary of his Ph.D thesis, saying that though it was a difficult topic but his supervisors and teachers guided and enabled him to produce his thesis. He said doing Ph.D on such topics was rare in Pashto literature however he was determined to conduct the research on a new topic that should benefit the young research scholars and general readers.

While throwing light on his thesis, titled ‘Modernism, Postmodernism in Pashto fiction’ he briefed the audience about the beginning, evolution and application of his research work and stated that there were enough contents available in Pashto literature but no research was conducted on it. “Pashto fiction is much more productive with modern and postmodernism terminologies and trends than other genres,” he said.

“This is a new topic that I wanted to introduce in Pashto literature so that our budding literati may know its significance in the rapidly emerging literary world. We need to discover new literary trends and should carry out quality research on scientific lines,” he remarked.

Mr Orakzai said that noted fiction writers, including Qalandar Momand, Zaitoon Bano, Ashraf Hussain, Ameer Hamza Khan Shinwari, Syed Mehdi Shah Bacha and several others had touched upon modernism and postmodernism in their works.

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